Town and volunteers to tour several sites in respect to cat colony

By Karen Fallon

In an effort to rid the town of its urban infestation of feral and stray cats council and volunteers are set to visit a number of sites outlined in Lou Zarlenga’s report to council on May 9.

At an earlier meeting held May 4, council agreed to investigate the possibility of donating a piece of municipal land to be used to erect a cat colony to relocate and house feral and stray cats from the town’s urban areas.

Although the town will be providing the land for the initiative the housing will be constructed, funded and maintained by Cat Assistance Team Amherstburg, which is a not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers. The group will also provide food for the felines.

Zarlenga, director of engineering and infrastructure, says to date “inclement weather has delayed a tour of possible sites.”

Possible locations which have been identified are: the Thomas Road storm pond area, Golfview Park – storm water area north of the park; Girard St.  – road allowance north of Brunner Ave. and Girard St. intersection, Ste. Jean Baptiste School – northeast corner; Briar Ridge Park – park area east of park equipment; Shaw Drive – storm water pond area; Mickle Park – south of park equipment and Bar Point Park – southeast of park equipment.

Zarlenga says a site tour with members of the volunteer group has now been set.  After which, he added, a report will go to council noting what is deemed the best location by the group.

Once this has taken place, notes Mayor Wayne Hurst, there will be public input on the issue.

Councillor Carolyn Davies says she is “feeling fairly comfortable” with some of the site options.

“These are for nuisance colonies,” said Davies, who noted that the safety of the cats has also to be considered in the selection of the site.

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